Pro’s and Con’s for digital nomads in Thailand
Wouldn’t it be great to travel the world and earn money? Yes, so you’re thinking of joining the digital nomad lifestyle, there are a few things you need to know about the digital nomad lifestyle.
Becoming a digital nomad in Thailand is so much easier, due to the low cost of living and co-working recourses that is provided all over Thailand.Pro’s and Con’s for digital nomads in Thailand.
Who is a digital nomad?
Digital nomads are usually freelancers or they may be managing their business online (or both) they spend so much time on the road with a laptop and other digital equipment, working online and discovering new cities and countries to work from.
This lifestyle has become widely popular in the last few years. People just love to travel and they want to learn to live a digital nomadic lifestyle. Listed below are the Pro’s and Con’s for digital nomads in Thailand.
Digital nomad pro’s
- Pro #1: Freedom – The world is now your oyster, in this digital age you can travel and work anywhere, your opportunities are endless.
- Pro #2: Minimalistic lifestyle – less clutter, less expense on the unnecessary items, due to the amount of time you are travelling and on the road, keep it light. You will learn to become less materialistic, with your life in a suitcase.
- Pro #3: Free time – you have time to have a beer or drink cocktails on the beach and relax, taking time out for activities and having fun. Meeting up with other digital nomads, and the locals. More time for fantastic massages at really cheap prices.
- Pro #4: Learning – new skills, having to freelance, you will have to learn new skills and this is a good thing. Spending time with other digital nomads at co-working spaces can be a great place to learn new skills. In Chiang Mai, they have many such places and groups and teaching sessions which will aid you in learning more.
- Pro #5: Exploring new countries – new cities, people, cultures, lifestyles, cooking, markets, street food, temples, tastes and smells.
- Pro #6: Changes in Mind and body – I was surprised how many digital nomads are vegans or vegetarians, many workout or practice yoga, or you might be influenced by the local and go the Buddhist route, maybe even take up meditation. Thailand is a great place with many vegan restaurants around and the food looks amazing.
- Pro #7: Learning to be disciplined – you have to learn to be organised and disciplined, to organise your workflow to meet demands, to plan your workday and to plan for play. It is easy to stay in bed and not get up until the afternoon, however, the work won’t get done or you might lose some work because of it. Writing daily, weekly and monthly goals
- Pro #8: Getting close to nature – Spending time with animals such as elephants, tigers, crocodiles, monkeys and swimming with turtles and deep diving to see tropical fish, zip lining in lush forests, white-water rafting, tropical waterfalls, the list is endless.
- Pro #9: No Boss – you are working on your own terms, you are your own boss, working in your own business or trying to build your business. You control how much you work on your own business.
- Pro #10: Property – No attachments to properties, no mortgage, you can choose where to rent and how much you pay, not being stuck to one property, or choose Airbnb, you can choose to rent a very low cost, you can choose whether to be by the beach or have a swimming pool, the choice is yours.
Digital nomad con’s
- Con #1: Poor Wi-Fi – Your business is dependent on the internet so without a good Wi-Fi then your business can slow down or even stop. Luckily most of Thailand has good Wi-Fi and fast, but there are some remote places where the internet is slow or even stops at times, so do you research before you go.
- Con #2: Finding somewhere to live – Not having a home base means you would have to find a place to live, and if short term the prices can be higher, or living in a multitude of guest houses whilst travelling is not ideal.
- Con #3: Accountability – You are accountable for your own actions; results are based on your own efforts and execution. If you don’t build your own business then your business will suffer.
- Con #4: Missing your family and friends – Being half way across the world makes it difficult to keep up with your friends and family. Others will miss you, however luckily we have Facebook, Skype and other social media apps that can be used to contact your friends and families.
- Con #5: Finding a partner – Unlike most people, you are not living in one place all of the time, so while travelling around the world, it will be very difficult to have a long-term relationship unless you have another digital nomad by your side and is will to travel with you.
- Con #6: Money – you will have to bring enough money with you so that you can survive for at least 6-12 months, allowing you to grow your business before your money runs out.
- Con #7: Self-discipline – Self-discipline is pretty important; you need to be able to strike that balance between working and travelling and you’re not always sitting on a beach with a beer in your hand. You have to be disciplined to finish your work in good time and not allow distractions to take over. Your nomadic mates might ask you out for a beer or meal but you need to be disciplined to say no this time as your business could suffer if you don’t say no.
- Con #8: Fear and security – A number of improvised explosive devices, arson and other suspicious events occurred in multiple locations in Thailand causing four deaths and over thirty injuries. Some of these devices were detonated in locations frequented by tourists, including Hua Hin, Patong Beach and Loma Park in Phuket, Phang Nga, Trang, and Surat Thani.
- Con #9: Screen glare – There’s nothing more annoying than sitting out in the sun with your computer and finding that the sun is so bright that you cannot see the computer. Obviously, there are alternatives, you can retreat into an office or co-working space, but then it just feels like being at work. You can turn the brightness up to maximum and then your battery dies sooner. Or you can buy a hood that gets in your way while you are trying to type or trying buying an anti-glare filter.
- Con #10: Feeling hot – I don’t know bout you but I don’t like the heat that much, so I either have to retreat inside with the aircon or take a dip in a swimming pool to cool down for a while. The trouble is that after a dip in the pool I am unlikely to return to my computer work, so aircon it is then, what a waste of sun.
On an added note, respectfulness in Thailand at this time of mourning:
Respectfulness: On 13 October 2016 the Thai Government announced the passing of His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
On 13 October 2016, the Thai Government announced the passing of His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. I offer my condolences to the to the Royal Family and the people of Thailand following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, he ruled for 70 years and was 88 when he passed away.
This is a time of deep sorrow for Thai people. A one-year mourning period has been announced for Thai Government officials, civil servants and state enterprise employees.
To demonstrate respect for the Thai people, refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly, and consider wearing sombre and respectful clothing in public.
A black ribbon can be worn as a mark of respect. Abide by local laws and respect Thai customs.
I know from first-hand experience how much the king was loved and respected; Thai people will not tolerate any disrespect at this time and mourning the passing of the King. Respect others cultures while you are a visitor to their country and then you cannot go wrong.
I will later do a blog on the Rules of Thai etiquette, but for now, I will just say please don’t point with your feet at people or different things and raising your feet higher than someone’s head, I learnt this the hard way with my wife.